Plan B by Pete Wilson (a book review and give-away)

“Here’s the truth-and this one is thoroughly biblical: throughout life you will face one situation after another that will be completely beyond what you can handle.”

Have you ever read a book, and about 10 pages in, you realize that this book in going to have a significant impact on you?  It has happened only a handful of times for me, and “Plan B” by Pete Wilson definitely falls into that catagory.

Pete is the lead pastor of Cross Point Church in Nashville, TN and is also an active blogger and twitterer.  In this book, he tackles one of the toughest questions we face in life:  “What do you do when God doesn’t show up the way you thought He would?”

I found Pete’s discussion of this difficult subject to be incredibly honest and personal.  Rather than offering a “paint by numbers” approach to overcoming adversity, Pete candidly shares some of his own “Plan B” experiences as well as the doubts and desperation he felt in the midst of them.

Of the 80+ statements that I highlighted in this book (yeah, I counted them), here are a few of my favorites:

  • We get ourselves into all kinds of trouble when we assume God must think and feel as we do
  • ….deep hurt and shattered dreams have a way of blinding us to the character and beauty of God.
  • Every one of us faces a barrier that is keeping us from the life God has for us
  • ….it’s as much about the person we’re becoming as it is about where we’re going.
  • [The cross is] the place where the pain of “you will have trouble” meets the triumph of “I have defeated the world.”
  • You’ve got to stop looking at your shattered dreams and your unmet expectations as something God is doing to you….He might be doing something in you.

If you have recently been through a “Plan B” situation and are trying to make sense of it, or if you (like me) currently find yourself in one, this book is a great guide to help you find hope (or more accurately, the Giver of Hope) in your situation.

Because I believe this so strongly, I have decided that this Friday, I am giving away a free copy of “Plan B”.  To qualify for the drawing, here’s all you have to do:

[Please note: This give-away is now over. I have already selected the winner and distributed the copy of this book. Everything below this note is left here for historical purposes, so that the comments make sense. However, I have also removed the links.]

  1. Leave a comment here explaining why you would like a copy of this book.
  2. Tweet about this givaway by clicking here. -> Tweet This!

That’s it!  Simple right?  By the way, if you don’t have a twitter account (why not!) you can still enter by leaving a comment and posting a link on Facebook by clicking here. -> Facebook

On Friday, May 7th at noon EST, I’ll randomly pick one entry as the winner, and post the results here on my blog.

Oh, and you can check out the “Plan B” website here: http://www.planbbook.com/

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Thomas Nelson Publishers as part of their BookSneeze.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will add value to my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
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15 thoughts on “Plan B by Pete Wilson (a book review and give-away)

    • Hey Pete! Thanks for stopping by! Your book really blessed me. I’m praying for all of you there in Nashville tonight!

      By the way, traffic on my blog has been pretty slow. As of now, you stand a good chance of winning a copy of your own book!

  1. OK…I am going to play along. I need this book because I am hoping it will tell me how to get back to Plan B from the Plan D I am currently on…. I am sure I fall into the “You are ineligible due to family relations, but I did re-tweet it. Can you at least send me your marked up copy? Love you – glad you are doing this!

  2. Having recently been through a “Plan B” experience, I couldn’t agree more with the statement that you posted that said that God isn’t doing something TO us, but IN us as we walk through circumstances that don’t work out the way I’d planned or hoped. I’ve discovered brokeness is a great place to be because that’s when God could get to the “stuff” inside me and could set me free. Ultimately, walking through the fire wasn’t fun nor was it the way I would have chosen, but the end result is that I can honestly say “I trust the Lord”. I’d love to read and be encouraged by a Pastor who actually admits to going through difficult circumstances and not having all the answers or all his prayers immediately answered. Thanks for the review.

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  4. If the six bullets posted here are any indication as to the poignant depth of the other 74 highlighted in your copy…then I have got to get a copy of this book. As a pastor for 18 years, I have listened to and help people struggle through misguided self-directed plans in their lives. I have often searched for a grace filled resource to lovingly open eyes and hearts to help get folks back in tune with God. Needless to say, I, personally need the encouragement when I may be tempted to throw in the towel in ministry and look for an “easier” calling. At any rate, I feel this would not only be an encouragement to me but would make its way into sermons I preach. Thanks for bringing this book to my attention.

  5. This one statement, as you summarized above, says it all for me:
    “Every one of us faces a barrier that is keeping us from the life God has for us”

    It’s the one thing that always seems to distract me from doing what I know is best, from being who I know I should be. I feel that this book is one ingredient in my journey.

  6. Hi Kit,

    I’ll take a copy of Plan “B” by Pete Wilson. Love your website…take a look at mine when you get a chance. http://www.palmermediagroup.com. By the way, if all goes well, I’ll be releasing “The Daisy Boys Club” Book in mid-June.

    Uncle Tom

  7. Great review, Kit. I’ve been encountering that great Biblical truth quote a bit lately. I also knew right away this book would have a profound impact on my life, often times feeling like he wrote it just for me. I know, so selfish. 🙂 I’m right in the middle of a major “plan B” life situation and this book has been a tremendous help, guide and outlet for me to work through how my heart navigates this season.

  8. I am interested in Pete’s book because as a Pastor for 17 years now, I still feel like I am struggling with God’s plan for my life. And I’m supposed to be helping others! In the process of me struggling through lots of tough questions, I’ve put myself on paths at times that were probably not the direction God was actually calling me toward, but I didn’t want to listen. I didn’t want to face my barrier head on. Instead I would just keep dodging it. Now I’m almost 40 and I still struggle with the brokenness in my life and whether or not God can use me for anything worthwhile. Maybe this book will be a good resource for me and for the people I serve in ministry.

  9. Why do I want a copy of this book?… Well, truthfully, I feel like God has put me in a great place, but, I still question things in my life almost daily. I think if you (Kit) like this book so much, it must be worth reading. So that’s why I want it 😀

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